Charlie Chaplin is Knighted

Chaplin was named in the New Year's Honours List in 1975.

On 4 March, he was knighted at age eighty-five as a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. The honor was first proposed in 1931, but was not carried through due to lingering controversy over Chaplin's failure to serve in the First World War. Knighthood was proposed again in 1956, but was vetoed by the then Conservative government for fears of damage to relations with the United States at the height of the Cold War and planned invasion of Suez of that year.

Silent film legend Charlie Chaplin has become Sir Charles after a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The star of such films as The Kid and The Great Dictator was knighted in the New Year's Honours List.

The ceremony took place just miles from the south London district where he spent much of his childhood.